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— Dec 7, 2017
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 finds that wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 at 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, finds Ontario again recorded the shortest wait time at 15.4 weeks—nearly four months—and New Brunswick recorded the longest wait time at 41.7 weeks.

— Nov 15, 2017
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The Impact of Interprovincial Migration of Seniors on Provincial Health Care Spending

The Impact of Interprovincial Migration of Seniors on Provincial Health Care Spending finds that migrating seniors have increased B.C.’s health-care costs by more than $7.0 billion over the past 36 years, while effectively saving Quebec $6.0 billion. That’s because Canadians pay most of their lifetime taxes during their working lives, but consume most of their health-care costs after they retire. B.C. and five other provinces saw a net inflow of seniors since 1980, while Quebec and the other provinces saw a net outflow.

— Sep 21, 2017
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2017

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2017 finds that Canada spends more on health care than almost every other comparable country with universal health care, but ranks near the bottom in the number of physicians and acute care beds—and suffers from the longest wait times.

— Aug 1, 2017
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2017 edition

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2017 finds that a typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,057 for health care this year—an increase of nearly 70 per cent over the last 20 years.

— Jun 29, 2017
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Leaving Canada for Medical Care 2017

Leaving Canada for Medical Care, 2017 estimates that more than 60,000 Canadians received non-emergency medical treatment outside the country in 2016—an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. Among the provinces, Ontario physicians reported the highest number of patients (26,513) leaving the country for treatment.

— May 18, 2017
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 Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care 2017

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2017 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $1.7 billion—or $1,759 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting jumps from $1.7 billion to $5.2 billion.

— Apr 25, 2017
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Use and Public Attitudes, 1997, 2006, and 2016 finds that more than three-quarters of Canadians—79 per cent—have used at least one complementary or alternative medicine or therapy sometime in their lives, and Canadians are using those services more often, averaging 11.1 visits in 2016, compared to fewer than nine visits a year in both 2006 and 1997, when two previous similar surveys were conducted.

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